The Internet of Things

Michigan and the UK will collaborate on self-driving cars

Representatives from the state of Michigan and the UK have signed a collaboration agreement to share each other’s expertise in automobiles to advance self-driving cars and their infrastructure. The memorandum of understanding was signed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and UK Business Minister Richard Harrington. Detroit, Michigan is the centre of the U.S. automobile industry with the ‘Big Three’ auto manufacturers General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler all having their headquarters in the city. In recent ...

Time to ditch the front door key? Nest’s new wireless smart lock is surprisingly convenient

Review It's something we all do when we get home: rummage around in your pockets or bag, find your keys, identify the one you want and then stick it in your front door to gain access. If you are one of the roughly 28 per cent of households that have a security system, you then need to go punch in a code to turn the alarm off. It's something we do so often it becomes ...

How Thames Water is pushing through smart metering for a win-win scenario

Thames Water provides 2,600 million litres of tap water to nine million customers every single day. But it won't last - and the operator is turning to the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart metering for the answer. "Put simply, London is running dry," Stephanie Baker, progressive metering programme manager at Thames, told delegates at the IoT Tech Expo yesterday. Baker cited the harrowing case of Cape Town as an example of how serious some ...

Microsoft wants IoT devs on this Sphere to use its Linux distro

Microsoft is looking for Earthling developers to use its secure new Linux distro Sphere for their IoT solutions. The company is putting security at the fore of their effort which aims to provide an end-to-end solution for controlling IoT products from Azure. With the Mirai botnet remaining a talking point two years after the unprecedented attack, it’s an opportune moment to launch such a security-first product. In a blog post, Microsoft wrote: "A device can ...

IoT Tech Expo: SoftwareAG on how to avoid becoming another statistic

The majority of IoT projects fail, but SoftwareAG’s SVP of IoT took the stage at this year’s IoT Tech Expo in London to share his insights on how to avoid becoming another statistic. Bernd Gross believes the IoT industry has reached a turning point where the focus is now shifting to deployment. It's hard to argue with, around the world there's notably less talk and some impressive use of IoT technologies to solve real problems ...

Seven lessons for Industrial IoT and data teams: How to forge a path to success

In the Industrial IoT world, we often hear comments like “Let’s make our existing machine or tool connected, and later we will find the way to create value or monetise it”, or “we need more and more data so we can solve business problems”. Is this approach enough? Is it a good idea to start the thinking process from connecting the products and collecting huge amounts of data? In the Industrial IoT space, data and ...

You’ve been baffled by its smart thermostat. Now strap in for Nest’s IoT doorbell, alarm gear

First fondle Nest unveiled a new outdoor camera, doorbell and security system this morning in San Francisco. We were at the launch event and afterwards wandered over to a demo area, where we got to try them out first hand and flood willing Nest employees with questions. Here's what we learned. The doorbell needs a wired connection This has long been the bugbear of other smart doorbell manufacturers. There is an even 50‑50 split on ...

Welcome to the future: Bluetooth jackets you can only wash 10 times. Gee, thanks, Google

Blue pants maker Levi's plans to begin selling its first cloth-ware with Google inside on Wednesday – and the tech should survive up to 10 washes. The $350 Levi's Commuter Trucker Jacket with Jacquard by Google has been designed to function as device controller through the incorporation of Project Jacquard, Google's connected textile platform. "With Jacquard technology, you can perform common digital tasks – like starting or stopping music, getting directions or reading incoming text ...

Dell makes $1bn bet that IoT at the edge can kill cloud computing takeover

Analysis Dell is going full tilt into the Internet of Things market, setting up a new division and promising to invest $1bn in IoT R&D over three years to build the business. At a New York announcement event, Dell said it foresaw an Internet of "intelligent" Things – devices from phones to cars to oil rigs to robots to heart monitors – located at the edge of the internet. All of them generate data, some ...
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